Ola, Uber Drivers Protest Night Curfew As Income Crunch Intensifies

Amid fears of a mutated coronavirus strain in the UK, Karnataka has joined Maharashtra in imposing a night curfew — between 10 pm to 6 am — from December 24, 2020, to January 2, 2021. However, cab unions in the state have opposed the imposition of night curfew, claiming that the time between Christmas and New Year could have seen their daily earnings rise substantially. 

Cab drivers unions in the southern state have argued that the night curfew would further hurt their income in a year that has been bad for aggregators and their driver-partners. The countrywide lockdown due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic from late-March till June and work-from-home protocols meant that there was minimal demand for taxis run by Ola and Uber.

Tanveer Pasha, head of the Ola, Taxiforsure and Uber Drivers and Owners Association said drivers are opposed to the night curfew for the reasons mentioned above.

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